As you’re making your last minute travel plans, it always helps to have some last-minute insider tips to the city to help you better prepare. San Antonio is certainly no exception. Surprisingly to many, it’s the 7th largest city in the U.S. coming behind Philadelphia and in front of Dallas. With that in mind, these San Antonio travel tips will help you get around the city better.
One thing to be aware of as you’re planning your trip to San Antonio is the hotel tax you’ll have to pay. More expensive the most cities around the world, you’ll be paying a $17 a night hotel tax. You’ll also be paying a more expensive sales tax, which is 8%. These aren’t horrendous, as there are many tourist destinations that charge more, but it’s important to keep it in mind while you’re planning your trip.
San Antonio is one of the few U.S. cities that’s best to visit during the winter. Summer is extremely hot and humid and hard to bear even during the evenings. Winter days are pleasant, with temperatures often in the 60s. If you still like it somewhat warmer, late fall and early sprint are also nice.
Because of its size, you’re not exactly just going to be walking to and from everywhere in San Antonio. Unless you rent a car, you’ll probably be relying predominantly on taxi service. The public bus system is a possibility, however, it requires exact change and who has that anymore? For bumming around downtown and going from attraction to attraction, consider hopping a street car or even better, a river taxi. The open air street cars breeze through downtown, offering a unique view of the city, although it’s a hot alternative during the summer. A one-day pass is $4. Even if you’re not exactly using it to conveniently get around San Antonio, the river taxi is just a fun way to see the city. One way tickets are $5 or get a 24-hour pass for $10.
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